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Where is AccuWeather's headquarters

March 30, 2008 12:42:08 PM PDT
article| David Murphy| The company's weather center is located in State College, Pennsylvania. I've had the pleasure of visiting this amazing building on several occasions over the years, and it is a sight to see! The main forecasting center is enormous, and filled with forecast stations and meteorologists who analyze worldwide weather patterns around-the-clock. Many of the meteorologists at AccuWeather are graduates of Penn State University, one of the nation's top meteorology programs. In fact, the founders of AccuWeather are Penn State grads.The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) operates worldwide weather satellites. Additional weather satellites are operated by the European Space Agency. Some U.S. weather satellites are "polar orbiting", maintaining orbits roughly between the north and south poles about a14 times a day. But the satellites that capture the images you see on TV every day are called "Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites" (GOES). These satellites maintain a fixed position above certain points on the globe, so that their sensors always watch over the same portion of the earth's surface. In this way, they can repeatedly gather images from the same area, and those images can later be played back in sequence, like a movie. In this way, the development and movement of clouds and storms can be easily monitored. Satellites don't last forever and are replaced periodically, with each new satellite carrying more and more sophisticated sensors. One reason weather forecasting has improved and continues to improve is because of the increased ability of satellites to analyze the earth's atmosphere. The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) operates worldwide weather satellites. Additional weather satellites are operated by the European Space Agency. Some U.S. weather satellites are "polar orbiting", maintaining orbits roughly between the north and south poles about a14 times a day. But the satellites that capture the images you see on TV every day are called "Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites" (GOES). These satellites maintain a fixed position above certain points on the globe, so that their sensors always watch over the same portion of the earth's surface. In this way, they can repeatedly gather images from the same area, and those images can later be played back in sequence, like a movie. In this way, the development and movement of clouds and storms can be easily monitored. Satellites don't last forever and are replaced periodically, with each new satellite carrying more and more sophisticated sensors. One reason weather forecasting has improved and continues to improve is because of the increased ability of satellites to analyze the earth's atmosphere.

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